As with all local rule questions, you should start by drawing the new rule. FL go with Rao:
I’ve placed Kent with Tipton. Kent must always be alone, and Tipton is the only officer left who can evaluate a single candidate.
Now we only have Madsen, Hong and Inman left to place. These three can’t go together (rule 3). We also need to place at least two people with Smith (rule five).
Therefore, Madsen and Hong must go with Smith. Inman can go either with Rao or Ullman. Inman can’t go with smith because of rule 3:
E is CORRECT. We know where to place L, H, M, K, and G, for a total of five. (the question asks about other applicants).
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